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Japan Music Festival 2014

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by Vicky Rae Ellmore (subscribe)
Proudly South African. Currently residing in amazing Melbourne. Lover of music, reading, animals and exploring. Vet nurse/freelance writer and editor. www.instagram.com/melbournetogo
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See Japan's eccentric J-Pop, J-Rock & J-Alt bands for free
Ever wanted to experience the eccentric and electric atmosphere of the Japanese music scene? Now you can for free. The very best of Tokyo's vibrant underground nightlife and culture is coming to Australia in April 2014.

JMF, Japan Music Festival, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, 2014, Jill, 101A, Kaimokujisho, Sparky Quano
Japan's most revered live J-Pop, J-Rock and J-Alt bands are visiting Australia for a free festival.


Bands big in Japan bringing it in our backyard

On Thursday 3 April the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, or Epsy as it is fondly known, will host Melbourne's first Japan Music Festival thanks to festival promoter, Sonny King. Take two of the festival for Melbourne, and its "grand finale jam", will go down at The Retreat Hotel on Sunday April 6. In addition to Thursday's line-up, this final show will include a performance by special Japanese guests from Australia, a light show and an after party in the beer garden, complete with performer appearances.

JMF, Japan Music Festival, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, 2014, Jill
Japanese pop/rock anime music group, Jill is among the eclectic bands making up Japan Music Festival's line-up.


With the line-up including Japanese pop/rock anime music group, Jill; grunge/shoe-gaze/industrial outfit, 101A; Kaimokujisho, whose sound is likened to Korn and The Deftones; and instrumental rock solo guitarist, Sparky Quano, Japan Music Festival is definitely something different and not to be missed, especially if you have any interest in Japanese culture. While you may never have heard of any of these bands, they are immensely popular in Tokyo and big in Japan.

The line-up

Expect high energy pop and lyrical ballads from Jill's singer, Eri. 101A overlays rough, heavily distorted instruments with delicate, melodic female vocals.

JMF, Japan Music Festival, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, 2014, 101A
101A overlays rough, heavily distorted instruments with delicate, melodic female vocals.


12459;イモクジショウ, or Kaimokujishō, also known as the 'Line-up destroyers', combines an organic drum sound with a nimble-fingered guitarist and a vocalist with an astounding vocal range.

JMF, Japan Music Festival, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, 2014, Kaimokujisho
'Line-up destroyers', Kaimokujishō is likened to Korn and The Deftones.


Creating entire instrumental pieces, including the rhythm tracks and percussion, from a single guitar, Sparky Quano's sound is described as haunting and progressive with occasional ghostly whispers.

JMF, Japan Music Festival, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, 2014, Sparky Quano
Instrumental rock solo guitarist, Sparky Quano creates entire tracks using a single guitar.


But, wait... there's more!

This sample of Japan's most revered live J-Pop, J-Rock and J-Alt bands will also be visiting Sydney and Brisbane in 2014, with the city's hosting their own Japan Music Festival on 4 April at The Roller Den and 5 April at Ric's Bar respectively. Feel special Melbourne and Brisbane Sydneysiders have to pay!

In addition to the festival itself, selected JB Hi-Fi stores will be featuring in-store appearances/instrument demonstrations from the artists involved if you wish to get up close and personal.

Did I mention it's free?
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Why? Experience the eccentric and electric atmosphere of the Japanese music scene
When: 3 April and 6 April 2014
Where: Esplanade Hotel (3 April) and The Retreat Hotel (6 April)
Cost: Free
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